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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 review

Wed Jan 16 2013, 13:34

Better still, Lenovo has built an accelerometer into the Yoga 11 so that the screen can detect what position it's in, landscape or portrait, and rotate accordingly. When in tablet mode, the Yoga 11 can be controlled manually via physical volume keys on the side as well as a start button on the front, so you don't have to open it up and control it via the keyboard.

Design and Build
The Yoga 11 definitely deserves a medal for premium design and build when compared to many other laptops we've reviewed recently. It has a smart look about it and thanks to its soft-touch textured material - which we also saw on the Yoga 13 - covering the outside of the chassis, it feels luxurious as well. This not only allows for a better grip but also gives it a comfortable feel.

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We found that the silvery-grey finish on our model - it is available in bright orange too, if you fancy a more eccentric look - is stylish but also simple enough to complement other devices you might want to use alongside it.

Build quality is also a strong point for the Ideapad Yoga, which is essential due to its flexibility compared to other laptops on the market. Both the keyboard and the screen feel robust and sturdy despite the Yoga having a slim, lightweight construction, measuring 298x204x15.6mm and weighing just short of 1.2kg. Twisting the display in opposite directions at both sides gave us no cause for concern, as it proved to feel sturdy, maintaining considerable resistance.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid closed front

One thing worth noting is that although the Yoga feels relatively lightweight, it can feel a tad too heavy when folding it 360 degrees and using it as a tablet. On the other hand, there aren't many 11in tablets out there, so perhaps it's just the case that there is nothing to compare it to other than the more popular 7in and 10in models that dominate the market.

Keyboard
One of our main gripes with the Yoga's larger counterpart, the Yoga 13, was its keyboard. During our test of typing a full page document it proved irritatingly unresponsive. The space bar failed to register our keystrokes in many instances due to its stiffness and it needed to be struck hard in the centre in order to recognise a keypress.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid keyboard

For reasons unknown, the Yoga 11 doesn't follow suit, despite being almost identical in design except for its more compact size. The full size QWERTY keyboard feels great to type on and is a pleasure to use when you're constructing long documents or complex spreadsheets.

As for the trackpad, it's multi gesture, so it might take a bit of getting used to if you're new to it. But you can also turn this option off if it's not your thing or drives you crazy.

As with the Yoga 13, the Yoga 11's keyboard lacks a backlight to make typing easier in low light conditions, but since it's a much cheaper device, this isn't something we'd expect anyway.

 

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